Seven Maoists were killed in the wee hours of February 18 during an encounter between the ultras and C-60 Commando force personnel in Betkathi village of Korchi taluka, situated on the Gondia-Gadchiroli border, according to the police.

Later, a fact-finding committee of APCLC, which is a social organization working in the field of human rights, along with representatives of Indian Association of People's Lawyers conducted an investigation into the incident.
APCLC's general secretary C H Chandrashekhar said that their fact-finding committee was of the view that it was a fake encounter and a cold blooded murder.

Chandrashekhar alleged that the seven Maoists, including two women, were brought by the police in a vehicle in an intoxicated state and they were fired upon at close range and not killed in an encounter as claimed by police.
“There were no bullet marks or signs of encounter at the incident spot. No inquest was conducted on the spot and neither the local people nor the media were informed about the incident. The bodies were directly brought to Gadchiroli general hospital,” said Chandrashekhar.
Chandrashekhar demanded registration of an offence of murder against the security personnel involved and a judicial probe in the incident.


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